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Bristol Photographic Society
11th December 2014
Quite a good start to the year at BPS last night. in the second round of the print competition (having missed the first round when I was away somewhere) the picture which you can see on the homepage at the moment was highly commended and this picture came in third. The title is 'Mother' because it reminds me of the Louise Bourgeois sculpture. John Chamberlin took first and second place, so that was okay. The judge was Adrian Herring.
BPS Annual Print Competition 2014
05th June 2014
Good night at Bristol Photographic Society last night. In the Annual Print Competition I entered 7 prints and came away with 3 Highly Commended, 3rd place, 1st place and Best Portrait for School of Science.

London Salon
26th May 2014
Received a medal from the London Salon on Saturday. And here it is.

London Salon of Photography Exhibition 2014
14th May 2014
The list of acceptances and medal winners for the London Salon of Photography's 103rd Exhibition has been announced. There were around 100 accepted prints and 10 medals awarded this year. I had two accepted and one medal. Quite looking forward to receiving that. Follow the link to see all of the images. The exhibition opens in London, moves on to the West Midlands and finishes in Edinburgh. If you feel like seeing it, more details are available at the London Salon website.

Link to London Salon of Photography's website
PIcture of the Week
21st April 2014
Damien Demolder made this one his picture of the week in the latest edition of Amateur Photographer magazine. Always liked old Damien.

BPS Print Competition Latest
27th February 2014
Great result at Bristol Photographic Society last night. There were about 80-90 prints and all three of mine made the top twelve. One of them took first prize and the other two were Highly Commended. The judge was John Tilsley ARPS APAGB DPAGB. I'm not sure what all those letters mean but thanks to him I'm now in second place overall with one round left this year.

RPS Monthly Competition
16th January 2014
Pleased to discover that I made the cut for the final of this competition for the third time in four months.
This month the brief was any picture taken in the last 12 months and the prize is to feature on the front cover of the RPS Journal.
Click here to see the other finalists.
Happy Christmas 2013
16th December 2013
Feeling a bit at a loss at the year's end, I decided to look at what good luck had come my way in 2013 and found that I had been very fortunate indeed.

This year, I have:

Won the BPS Trophy for the print of the year.

Been commissioned by the Spears Family to photograph over 100 paintings by Frank Sydney Spears for the book to accompany the retrospective exhibition of his carer in Cape Town next year.

Been a finalist (twice) in The Royal Photographic Society's monthly competition.

Had three images in the top 50 of Amateur Photographer of the Year.

Been awarded the AFIAP distinction and had my pictures in several exhibitions such as the National Monochrome in Cheltenham.

Been shortlisted in the Take A View Landscape Photographer of the Year competition.

So I am looking forward to what 2014 may bring.
Amateur Photographer of the Year 2013 Round 9
23rd November 2013
This picture made it into the top 30 of Round 9 of this prestigious annual competition.
It's a picture that I have had in my collection for a long time, but just seemed right for this particular round, the brief for which was 'Going Abstract.'
It ranked 15th and scored 35 points.
This is the third image of mine which has made it into the competition this year and means that with a round left and a total of 79 points earned so far, I have very little chance of making it onto the leader board again this year.
Perfect curve.
Frank Sydney Spears
22nd November 2013
Just finished a quite unusual commission, photographing oil paintings and watercolours painted by the renowned South African artist, Frank Sydney Spears.
His artwork is in private and public collections around the world and I was tasked with photographing the ones in Britain.
Sounds easy but with over 120 different pictures of all shapes and sizes, it took quite some time.
The most demanding bit was colour correcting the images and preparing them for the publishers in Cape Town.
The images will all appear in a new book about the artist's life and work which is being published to coincide with a retrospective exhibition of his paintings in South Africa.
Here's one of my favourites:
Shopped or not?
11th October 2013
In this week's Amateur Photographer one of the readers takes issue with the fact that in one of my pics I inserted a bird that wasn't there when the photo was taken.
To be honest, I did think carefully about whether to submit it with the bird in or not.
In the end though I thought it made for a much more compelling image. It made more sense.
Nobody's really fooled by Photoshop nowadays.
However everyone appreciates good pictures with emotional impact.
Amateur Photographer of the Year Round 7
21st September 2013
Three images of Skógafoss in Iceland made it into the top 30 in Round 7 of APOY this month. One was the picture that you see on the Home page of this website. With only three rounds left, who knows what may happen? Good to be in the top 30 again. Tough competition this year. The standard seems to get higher every year.
RPS Western Region 2013 Print Exhibition
06th September 2013
The Royal Photographic Society Western Region is holding its Annual Print Exhibition at Bath Library From September 2-7, Swindon Library from October 7-20 and Taunton Library October 28-November 2. Some very good images, plus two of mine.
Take a View : Landscape Photographer if the Year 2013
18th July 2013
Just heard that I have had a picture short-listed for this prestigious competition in the Urban View section. It's an example of street photography taken in Nelson Street, Bristol. A bit of a surprise, but a nice one.
Cotswold Monochrome 2013
12th June 2013
Three of my pictures were accepted for this prestigious exhibition which takes place at Blackfriars Priory, Ladybellegate Street, Gloucester GL1 2HS from 15 to 18 August between 10am and 6pm.
Skogafoss was highly commended. Romina and Budakirkje were the other two acceptances.
Looking forward to the presentation ceremony on 16 August which I'm hoping to attend with my wife and daughter.
As the name suggests the National Exhibition of Monochrome Photography is entirely black and white images and should be full of really great pictures. Definitely worth a visit by anyone who loves classic mono pics.
BPS Annual Print Competition
05th June 2013
Very pleased with the results of this year's Annual Print Competition judged by Glynn Edmunds.
I got a Highly Commended, Best Monochrome, came 1st in the Advanced Section and won the trophy for Best Overall Picture with 'Acajou.'
Bit of a turn up for the books, as they say.
FIAP Distinction
29th May 2013
Just heard from PAGB (Photographic Alliance of Great Britain) that I have been awarded my AFIAP. Don't you just love acronyms?
Basically, the FIAP (Fédération Internationale de l'Art Photographique) awards various distinctions (letters after your name) for success achieved in International Salons around the world that it recognises.
The A in AFIAP stands for 'artiste.'
So that's one less thing to worry about, as Forrest Gump would say.
Bristol Photographic Society Competition Success
10th April 2013
The final round of the BPS Bimonthly Print Competition saw Barry Mead finish in first place, Patsy Southwell in second and me in third place. My last three pictures, entitled 'Skogafoss', 'The Surprise' and 'Sheltering Sky' were all Highly Commended.
Latest issue of The Estune
09th April 2013
One of my early efforts features on the front of The Estune magazine this month. Thanks to Nigel for that.

Amateur Photographer of the Year 2013 Round 1
26th March 2013
Got off to a decent start with my first image in this competition, 'The Surprise' which finished a quite creditable 31st equal with Lee Jeffries.
I don't mind that at all.
The trick seems to be to keep racking up a few points in each round if you can.
There's some tough rounds coming up, though.
For example, the second round is called Life in Motion.
It's made me realise that capturing fast moving people and objects is something that I have shied away from in the past, as evidenced by the scarcity of this type of picture in my collection.
So I may not do as well next month.
Anyway, here's this month's picture and a link to the gallery showing the winning photos.
http://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/photo-gallery/showgallery.php?cat=1110